On February 11th the AFR Partners plan to continue with underburning on the east side of the Ashland Watershed in the Winburn Ridge area. Today's burn was successful with 35 acres completed. We do expect smoldering to continue through the night due to larger logs and stumps having caught fire. It is always possible smoke could move downhill into town overnight, so please stay aware if you are smoke sensitive.
Up to 60 acres could be burned on Friday depending on conditions and smoke dispersal. There may be impacts to trails on the west side of the watershed similar to Thursday including No Candies, Horn Gap, and the 2060 road depending on how smoke behaves. Thanks for the continued patience as we continue to do the important work of reducing fuels in the Ashland Watershed for a safer community and more resilient ecosystem. You can find more information about burning at www.ashlandwatershed.org and smoke information at www.smokewiseashland.org.
Underburn conditions are associated with warmer and drier weather like we've had recently, and is forecasted this week. Using proactive burning is a critical piece of our ongoing work to prepare for hotter and drier summers associated with a changing climate.